Raisin in the Sun Recoups Its Investment After Two Months

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Never underestimate Sean Combs' talent for success.

The man known to the world as P. Diddy has made his mark as a recording artist, producer and designer. And now, in his latest achievement, the vehicle which brought him to Broadway—the Lorraine Hansberry drama, A Raisin in the Sun—has recouped its investment.

Raisin returned its nearly $2.4 million capitalization on May 30, exactly two months after the show's first preview on March 30, Playbill On-Line has learned. The play opened on April 26 at the Royale Theatre.

Raisin is only the third Broadway show from the 2003-04 season to make its money back. The others are Avenue Q and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Sharing the stage with Combs are stars Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan, along with David Aaron Baker, Teagle F. Bougere, Frank Harts, Alexander Mitchell and Bill Nunn. McDonald and Rashad won Tony Awards for their work. Lathan was nominated but did not win.

A Raisin in the Sun concerns Walter Lee, who chafes at his straitened circumstances and longs for a business deal that would lift him out of his limited world. He has his eye on his late father's insurance, but Walter's mother wants to use that money to move the family out of the city. The show features set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by T. Richard Fitzgerald. Additionally, Dwight Andrews will be composing original music for the production.

The run is scheduled to end on July 11.

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